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Kepler has recorded transits by several planets around a single star. To date 170 multiple systems of two or more plants have been found. The poster child for these is the "six-pack" planet system Kepler 11, which I reported on back in February. What this means is that the systems are remarkably "coplanar." The planets are laid out like peas on a flat dinner plate.

By contrast, the orbits of the major planets in our solar system are tilted by as much as seven degrees from the plane of Earth’s orbit. But some Kepler systems vary by only one degree offset.

However, one caution with this interpretation is that the there still could be undiscovered planets much farther out that are tilted relative to the flat inner planet population.

It’s been long held that planets agglomerate inside a very flat disk of material encircling a newborn star like the rings of Saturn. So their orbits should be coplanar. But later perturbations by the planets’ gravitational tug may warp orbits. The star Beta Pictoris is a classic example with a planet that is orbiting several degrees off from the bright edge-on disk plane.
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